Monthly Archives: March 2012

Psalm 96; I Chronicles 16:23-33 — Declaring God to the nations

God has a purpose for us.  And it’s clearly defined here in this psalm.  What is it? David wrote, 1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing to the LORD, praise … Continue reading

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I Chronicles 16:8-22; Psalm 105 — A God who remembers his promises

At the time that the ark was brought into Jerusalem, David wrote a psalm of thanks.  Either it was a medley of three Psalms (96, 105, and 106), or it was all originally one song and David broke it up … Continue reading

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II Samuel 6:9-25; I Chronicles 15:1-16:6 — When bitterness consumes us

It was a day for rejoicing.  At least it should’ve been. When David realized his mistake in transporting the ark, and saw how God was blessing the home of a man named Obed-Edom, who was watching over the ark, David … Continue reading

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II Samuel 6:1-9; I Chronicles 13:1-13; 15:13 — Passion but not obedience

God loves people that are passionate about him.  But for us to have passion is not enough.  God also requires our obedience. And that’s what David learned here.  David was really excited about bringing the ark of the covenant back … Continue reading

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II Samuel 23:8-39; I Chronicles 11-12 — Flawed men. Mighty men.

Yes, I know we’ve skipped quite a few chapters, we’ll be getting back to them tomorrow.  But Chronicles talks about this at this point and chronologically speaking, it seems appropriate to put it here. These chapters talk about all the … Continue reading

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II Samuel 5:17-25; I Chronicles 14:8-17 — Sought out. Seeking out.

It didn’t take long for the Philistines to find out that David had become king of Israel.  I kind of wonder how Achish felt when he found out.  Surprised?  Betrayed? However he felt, the Philistine response was immediate.  It says … Continue reading

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II Samuel 5:11-12; I Chronicles 14:1-2 — For God’s glory, his kingdom, and his people

After years on the run, David was finally established as king over all Israel.  One sign of this was the palace that was built for him.  And as he sat in his newly built palace, the Bible says that David … Continue reading

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II Samuel 5:6-10; I Chronicles 11:4-9 — With God on our side

“I just can’t seem to overcome this sin.  No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to gain victory over it.” Have you ever felt like that?  I know there are sins in my life that I struggle … Continue reading

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II Samuel 5:1-5; I Chronicles 11:1-3 — Waiting on God

I hate waiting.  I hate  lines at stores.  I hate waiting at crosswalks.  I hate waiting at the doctor’s office. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to be David.  According to Josephus, the Jewish historian, David was … Continue reading

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II Samuel 4 — When leaders fail to lead

Ish-Bosheth’s reign certainly didn’t last very long.  It came to an abrupt end when his own men killed him and took his head to David. Of course, David didn’t take kindly to this, and so he had the men executed.  … Continue reading

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II Samuel 3:6-38 — Examining our motives

A lot of political intrigue going on here.  But as I look at this passage, it makes me think how important it is to examine our motives as we do things. For Abner, he did the right thing, supporting David, … Continue reading

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II Samuel 3:1-6 — A lack of self control

If there was a consistent weakness in the character of David, it seems to be with women.  He just couldn’t seem to stop himself from collecting the beautiful women around him.  Of course, he didn’t come close to taking it … Continue reading

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II Samuel 2:8-32 — Knowing when to stop fighting

I’m stubborn.  I admit it.  And there are times in the course of an argument when I’ll think, “This is stupid.  Why am I arguing about this?” and yet I’ll continue to hold my position. But there are times when … Continue reading

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II Samuel 1:17-27 — Loving those who hate you

As I look at the lament of David, it’s not surprising that he would weep for Jonathan.  They were, after all, best friends.  But that he would weep for Saul as he did is amazing to me.  And the gracious … Continue reading

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II Samuel 1:1-15 — Who’s it going to hurt?

Who’s it going to hurt? That was probably what the Amalekite was thinking when he went to David to give him the news of Saul’s death.  But instead of just giving him the straight truth, he fudged it a bit.  … Continue reading

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I Samuel 31/I Chronicles 10 — Reflecting on the good in people

Just a little footnote here.  Or headnote, perhaps, since this is at the top.  🙂 As you may have noticed, from time to time, I’ve been trying to chronologicalize passages in the Bible.  So if a psalm fits in with … Continue reading

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I Samuel 30 — Responding to tough times

 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds. So says James in verse 2 of chapter 1.  Of course that’s a lot easier said than done.  I don’t know of anyone who enjoys going through … Continue reading

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I Samuel 28:3-25 — When we disobey

The fall of Saul happened pretty rapidly.  And it reaches its depth here. Unable to hear from God through prophets, priests, or dreams, he turns to a medium to try to call up Samuel’s spirit.  There is some debate among … Continue reading

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I Samuel 27-28:2; 29 — But it’s for a good purpose

With Saul constantly chasing after him, David was getting tired, and so he returned to Philistia, hoping to convince their king Achish to take him in.  Perhaps by this time, Achish had heard of David’s troubles and was more inclined … Continue reading

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I Samuel 25:25-31; 26 — Let no wrongdoing be found in you even though…

“But he hit me first!” How often do we hear this from kids when they get into fights?  And yet, so often as adults, we make the same kind of excuses when it comes to unforgiveness and revenge. “Why should … Continue reading

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I Samuel 25 — The difference between a fool and a wise person

Lots of lessons to be learned in this passage.  About forgiving not only big sins, but slights. (It’s amazing to me that David was willing to spare Saul who was trying to kill him, but was unwilling to show any … Continue reading

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Psalm 57 — Choosing to worship

As I look at this psalm, I marvel at David’s attitude in times of trial.  At a time when he is on the run and in fear of his life, he chooses to worship. He said, 7 My heart is steadfast, … Continue reading

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Psalm 57; 142 — The God who has plans for you

David spent a lot of times in caves hiding from Saul, so it’s not certain that these two psalms were written at exactly this time in David’s life, but it seems appropriate to put them here, just after David’s sparing … Continue reading

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I Samuel 24 — Did God really say that?

So often in our lives, we struggle with hearing God’s voice in our lives.  God speaks to us and leads us in many ways.  He may do so through the people around us giving us advice that comes from him.  … Continue reading

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I Samuel 23:19-29; Psalm 54 — When the world seems against you

“Everyone is against me!” Sometimes things seem that way to us, even if it’s not strictly true.  David must have felt that way at times.  The Ziphites, who didn’t even know David, offered to help Saul find and capture David.  … Continue reading

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I Samuel 23:15-18 — Giving words that meet the need of the moment

True friends are a gift from God.  And David surely must have felt that most keenly at this time in his life. Once again, he heard that King Saul was after him, and he must’ve been getting tired.  He’d been … Continue reading

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I Samuel 23:1-13 — Betrayal

I suppose on the list of betrayals recorded in the Bible, this is near the bottom of the list.  No one ever thinks about the betrayal of David on the part of the people of Keilah, mostly because it never … Continue reading

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I Samuel 22:1-5; 23:1-5 — Influencing the hurting people around us

Even when David was in fear for his life, he still managed to make a difference in the lives of the people around him.  It says in verse 2 of chapter 22, All those who were in distress or in … Continue reading

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Psalm 34 — A song of God’s deliverance

I remember enjoying the last day of school before summer vacation when I was in elementary school. There was an old rhyme I learned at that time. No more pencils, no more books. No more teacher’s dirty looks. And I … Continue reading

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I Samuel 21:10-15; Psalm 56 — In God we trust

In America, written on all of our coins and bills is a simple phrase written that says, “In God we trust.”  It seems a little ironic to me, considering that nowadays, people tend to trust money a lot more than … Continue reading

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Psalm 52 — Our words and what is behind them

“I really shouldn’t have said that.” How often do we look back and say that?  The tongue is very small, but also very powerful, as the book of James points out.  It has the power to give life, building people … Continue reading

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